Entries by mattwelch

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The Selfish Gene – Richard Dawkins

I knew nothing about biology before reading this book. It totally blew my mind. This is the most important thing I learned from The Selfish Gene by Richard Dawkins: Humanity is a brief flash. Before reading The Selfish Gene, nothing else had quite brought home to me the insane expanse of time that we are […]


Alibaba’s World – Porter Erisman

“I wanted to get some real life experience. Whether I succeeded or failed was not important. Because I knew I could always take that experience back to share with my students.” – Jack Ma, an English teacher in China, when he decided to start a business. Jack Ma is now the Chairman of Alibaba.com,the world’s […]


Spartan Up! – Joe De Sena

Joe De Sena became addicted to adventure racing. These races can be hundreds of miles long and last 10+ days.  When he started competing in Iron Man Competitions he couldn’t believe how easy they were because “they’re only 12 hours long”. He is also the founder of Spartan Race. This is is what I learned from […]

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Devil At My Heels – Louis Zamperini

  Louis Zamperini lived an insane life, fighting and vandalising as a delinquent teenager, meeting Adolf Hitler while competing at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin, bombing Japanese-occupied islands during WW2, spending 47 days floating on a raft at sea, fighting off sharks while being shot at by a Japanese bomber, taking daily beatings as a […]